ESZTER ZIMANYI is a PhD candidate and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Her work is published or forthcoming in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Transnational Cinemas, Visual Anthropology, Feminist Media Studies, Media Fields Journal, Intermedialities, and Docalogue, among others. She is a former co-programmer of USC’s Middle East Film Screening Series and served as a consultant for The Wende Museum’s 2019 exhibit, “Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe.” Previously, she served as the lead research assistant for the book Fifty Years of the Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, authored by Sohail Daulatzai, as well as the editorial assistant for Return of The Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop. Eszter also acted as a curatorial assistant for Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, which showcased rare posters from Cuba’s OSPAAAL collective. Eszter’s dissertation “Unsettled Media: Documenting Refugees and Europe’s Shifting Borders,” examines contemporary nonfiction media to demonstrate how multiple state actors and migrant-refugee communities use media to unsettle post-Cold War Europe’s material and conceptual borders.
Research Interests: migration, diaspora, and refugee studies, global and transnational media, postcolonial and postsocialist studies, militarism, documentary, and digital media.
Committee: Aniko Imre (Chair), Nitin Govil, Priya Jaikumar, Michael Renov, Olivia C. Harrison
Dissertation: “Unsettled Media: Documenting Refugees and Europe’s Shifting Borders Along the Balkan Route ”
“Family B/orders: Hungary’s Campaign for the ‘Family Protection Action Plan.’” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 20, no. 2 (2020): 305-309, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2020.1720352
“On Bodily Absence in Humanitarian Multi-sensory VR.” Intermédialités: Historie et Théorie des Arts, des Lettres et des Techniques (Intermediality: History and Theory of the Arts, Literature, and Technologies), no. 34 (2019). DOI: 10.7202/1070876ar. Co-authored with Emma Ben Ayoun.
“Digital Transience: Emplacement and Authorship in Refugee Selfies.” Media Fields Journal, no. 12 (2017): http://www.mediafieldsjournal.org/digital-transience/
“Human Flow: Thinking with and through Ai Weiwei’s Defamiliarizing Gaze.” Visual Anthropology, vol. 32, no. 3-4 (2019): 377-379, DOI: 10.1080/08949468.2019.1637691